Local poet Christopher Lawless writes: "From a small town, I learned the sounds of the wind and the sincerity of family. I adopted the gift for language from the simplicity of imagination and my subtle surroundings. Growing like the fields around me, it spread into an obsession more than an activity. Words and sounds came together in my head like a midnight ambush. Poetry is my way of giving back to the world I came from, and to the people who share the love of the written word. It has given me opportunities I could have never imagined. Everything you need to know about me is hidden in the poems I write. It is your job to find me in all of them."